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MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« on: 30 Dec 2021, 22:54 »
As promised, slightly early, here is the topic for MAGS January.

Topic: Get the picture
Chosen by Heltonjon and Stupot
Deadline: January 31st


Interpret the phrase “get the picture”, how ever you like. Taking that perfectly-timed photo, understanding something, stealing a famous painting, getting a photo message on social media, paparazzi…

Best of luck.




What is MAGS?
Started in 2001, MAGS is a competition for amateur adventure game makers. The idea is to create a game in under a month, following the guidelines set by the previous winner. It aims to help you work to a deadline, improve your skills, and provide a kick-start into making adventure games. Regardless of skill, MAGS is for everyone. Voting is based on "favourite" games, and not the most artistic, or the best coded. If you have bad art skills, use it as a chance to do some graphic work. If you're sub-standard at coding, use it as a chance to give scripting a go. Ultimately, people will vote for the most enjoyable entry.

Rules
Entering MAGS is simple. First, conceptualize your game following the month's criteria (see above). Second, create your game fuelled only by coffee. Finally, post your game in this thread, including:

* A working download link
* The title of your game
* A suitable in-game screenshot

At the end of the month, voting will begin, usually lasting for fourteen days, and the winner chooses the next month's theme.

Remember that this is a challenge to see what you can do in a month, so any tinkering you do after that, including fixing minor glitches, is against the spirit of the competition. The exception to this is that you may go in and fix major, game-breaking bugs only during voting. We want you to have a game that voters can actually play and that runs on their machines.

So to reiterate, during the voting period fixing major, game-breaking bugs is okay, fixing minor glitches or making cosmetic changes is cheating.

Tips
Here are some ways to make sure you have a game to submit at the end of the month:
* Make a tiny game. Plan small, then cut it in half. Find shortcuts (e.g. if making walkcycles is time-consuming, make the characters static or have it in the first person).
* Plan to have your game playable and submittable with a week to spare. This way you have a week to fix bugs, add some flourishes and maybe even get someone to test it.
* Plan to submit it a day or so early. This way, if there are any technical issues with uploading, they can be sorted out in time.



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Need a little help with graphics? Perhaps The AGS Trove has something you can use.
Don't want to go it alone? Try the Recruitment board.
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Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #1 on: 31 Dec 2021, 18:19 »
Oh, nice, thanks for the head start.

I may come up with something and do my own graphics this time around.
« Last Edit: 01 Jan 2022, 01:52 by Pax Animo »
I'm a slow learner but I like to ask questions.

DBoyWheeler

  • Maverick Hunter D-Boy at your service!
    • I can help with proof reading
    • I can help with story design
    • I can help with voice acting
Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #2 on: 01 Jan 2022, 17:28 »
Would blueprints (for a gadget or a building) count as a picture?  Just asking hypothetically.

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #3 on: 01 Jan 2022, 19:08 »
Would blueprints (for a gadget or a building) count as a picture?  Just asking hypothetically.
Sure.

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #4 on: 04 Jan 2022, 01:45 »
Anyone else got any ideas percolating?

Pajama Sam

  • Sam's The name
Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #5 on: 04 Jan 2022, 05:39 »
What is the goal. Is it anything in particular?

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #6 on: 04 Jan 2022, 06:19 »
What is the goal. Is it anything in particular?

The goal is to make a game by the end of the month, however big or small, using AGS. Every month has a different theme or topic that can be interpreted as broadly as you wish.

If you haven’t made a game yet, MAGS is a great way to get started.

Pajama Sam

  • Sam's The name
Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #7 on: 06 Jan 2022, 19:44 »
Im going to take Get The Picture 100% literal.And I already have an idea that really takes the picture!  ;-D

Racoon

  • you may say I´m a dreamer..
    • I can help with animation
    • I can help with making music
    • I can help with play testing
    • I can help with story design
    • I can help with translating
Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #8 on: 15 Jan 2022, 20:16 »
Hey guys,
I started working on a little game. This is the first room and character:


I really hope that I will be able to present a running game at the end of january. I did start a little late, but now that I got the story I am excited to get it done :-)

It will be a very small game,probably only around 10min. to play.

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #9 on: 15 Jan 2022, 21:53 »
Looking good, Racoon! Seems like a good game to play with my kids, from the looks of it.

Racoon

  • you may say I´m a dreamer..
    • I can help with animation
    • I can help with making music
    • I can help with play testing
    • I can help with story design
    • I can help with translating
Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #10 on: 16 Jan 2022, 20:36 »
Thanks! I think this one will be perfect to play with even smaller children. It will have almost no words, easy puzzles and a family friendly story :-)


Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #11 on: 18 Jan 2022, 14:53 »
Looking good Racoon. Keep up the good work.
Is anyone else in? How’s your Idea coming along Pajama Sam?

Pajama Sam

  • Sam's The name
Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #12 on: 18 Jan 2022, 18:42 »
Its coming along very slowly.My game has 20 levels yet 1 room.Its all about taking that perfectly timed snapshot.Every level gets faster and more distracting.The goal is to press the space bar at the exact right moment when the eagle or humming bird passes by.Distracting sounds and completely random birds ,planes, ducks,geese,and more randomly appear making this game get intense after the 5th level.A percentage at the end of every level shows you how close you got to the right picture.The eagle is(you probably guessed it) the eagle from the first post (with different looking eagles at different angles to make it confusing).As tough as I make it sound its not impossible.It just forces you to really use your senses.And as annoying as it is it can be addictive if you want to win.
I dont have a screen shot because there isnt much to show in one photo.Everything happens at different random times.
Hopefully I will be able to finish it before the deadline.
   

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #13 on: 18 Jan 2022, 18:59 »
Its coming along very slowly.My game has 20 levels yet 1 room.

I tried the sample you posted in a technical thread, and it was hard! I hope the player don't have to start over every time there's a miss. Are you planning to make the harder levels available from the start of the game when you have cleared the lower levels? (Alternatively, optional savegames, passwords, check points...) I doubt I can take 20 perfect pictures in a row unless it's a lot easier than the sample I tried.  8-0 Keep up the good work!

Pajama Sam

  • Sam's The name
Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #14 on: 18 Jan 2022, 19:54 »
I didn't give a sample? Oh wait a second I guess I did but that was before I improved it greatly.it was just a test then.No the player doesn't have to restart every time they fail I have three buttons.If they win(Quit game/retry level/next level).If they lose(Quit game/retry).And yes I will have level saved as a checkpoint and the ability to save the game.
« Last Edit: 18 Jan 2022, 20:04 by Pajama Sam »

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #15 on: 18 Jan 2022, 21:40 »
I didn't give a sample? Oh wait a second I guess I did but that was before I improved it greatly.it was just a test then.No the player doesn't have to restart every time they fail I have three buttons.If they win(Quit game/retry level/next level).If they lose(Quit game/retry).And yes I will have level saved as a checkpoint and the ability to save the game.

You know, we can gleam a lot from the tech treads.  ;)  It's a simple, yet cool idea. It seems like you have a good plan for a coffee break game of the "Dammit! One more go then!" kind.

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #16 on: 18 Jan 2022, 22:14 »
That sounds like a whole lot of fun, Sam. Keep going. If you have to cut the number of levels for time, that’s fine. You can always add more after the contest.

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #17 on: 18 Jan 2022, 22:47 »
Indeed. Don't worry about trimming some of the content or even releasing an unfinished game as a demo if you need to. There's plenty of demos that were released as a MAGS entry initially.

Pajama Sam

  • Sam's The name
Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #18 on: 19 Jan 2022, 15:52 »
I will enter my game if I can. But there are at the least three very major bugs that have me stumped. I might figure these out on the technical forum in time. But I cant even guarantee a playable demo within the deadline. I may or may not fix it in time. I'm also very busy on an important game and right now this game just isnt worth making considering the time taken up by it. I'm trying in my spare time anyways so we'll see.
I will try to release a demo but first I have to make it playable.

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #19 on: 21 Jan 2022, 11:32 »
Just popping in to give some encouragement to anyone making a MAGS game this month. Nice work Racoon! Really love the perspective. Pajama Sam - just go by your gut instinct, if the game is basically playable it's worth releasing for MAGS.

I definitely won't have time this month but hopefully sometime this year I'll do a MAGS.
 

brewton

  • Master Lurker
Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #20 on: 22 Jan 2022, 00:49 »
I have been working on a MAGS game. It's my first game in years, and it should be ready next week. I am excited to show it to you all.

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #21 on: 22 Jan 2022, 09:52 »
I have been working on a MAGS game. It's my first game in years, and it should be ready next week. I am excited to show it to you all.

Nice one! We are equally excited to see it  :cheesy:
 

Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #22 on: 22 Jan 2022, 10:28 »
I have been working on a MAGS game. It's my first game in years, and it should be ready next week. I am excited to show it to you all.

Nice one! We are equally excited to see it  :cheesy:
+1
Perhaps we will see what became of CyberJack?

Racoon

  • you may say I´m a dreamer..
    • I can help with animation
    • I can help with making music
    • I can help with play testing
    • I can help with story design
    • I can help with translating
Re: MAGS January “Get the Picture” (OPEN)
« Reply #23 on: Today at 11:58 »
Hey brewton, nice to see another one join :-)

I am making progress with my game and think it will be finished by the end of the month. There is some graphics that I need to redo and things that need to be refined, but the core game is almost done.